Saturday, March 02, 2019

Piper PA-28-140, N15321: Accident occurred December 22, 2018 at John Wayne-Orange County Airport (KSNA), Santa Ana, California

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Santa Ana, CA
Accident Number: WPR19LA050
Date & Time: 12/22/2018, 1622 PST
Registration: N15321
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On December 22, 2018, at 1622 Pacific standard time a Piper PA28-140, N15321, lost engine power during takeoff from John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA), Santa Ana, California. The student pilot and flight instructor were not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to TRC Holdings LLC., and operated as a local instructional flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The flight instructor stated that the student pilot was flying the airplane during takeoff from runway 20L. After they reached about 250 ft above ground level, the engine lost all power. The instructor took the control of the airplane, and began to look for a landing site, however all streets were full of cars. He declared an emergency and initiated a return to the airport, with the intension of landing on runway 2R. The instructor stated that just prior to landing, the airplane encountered a strong wind shear, and they landed hard on an intersecting taxiway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, and the forward fuselage during the impact sequence. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N15321
Model/Series: PA28 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: TRC Holdings
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSNA, 56 ft msl
Observation Time: 0037 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 21000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 25000 ft agl
Visibility:  5 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Santa Ana, CA (KSNA)
Destination: Santa Ana, CA (KSNA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.675278, -117.868889 (est)

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